Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) invented the telescope and the pendulum to advance scientific inquiry. He confirmed Copernicus’ sun-centered (heliocentric) universe by observing the moons of Jupiter. At great risk to his life, he had the courage to challenge the ruling orthodoxy and spread this knowledge.
Galileo formulated the first accurate laws of motion for masses. Through the use of inclined planes, he measured that all bodies accelerate at the same rate regardless of size or mass.
LEGACY OF LEARNING
Known as the Father of Modern Science, Galileo applied an innovative combination of experiment and mathematics to redefine our understanding of the universe. To support his space observations, he innovated the telescope's magnification from 3x to 20x.
From astronomy, to engineering, to physics, to mathematics, Galileo's theorems are still referenced today. This lifelong commitment to experimental reasoning has inspired the scientific community for centuries and is the foundation of our shared values as instructors and students of Galileo's Classroom.